project description

This year’s contest addresses a very current social problem for the Hungarian contestants: 800.000 outdated, physically amortised “Cube Houses” are waiting to make them meet the challenges of the 21st century. Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate a quality-oriented direction for the sustainable development of the inherited architectural environment, and define new architecture directions. For this experiment, the simple consistent ideas of vernacular Hungarian architecture, the self-confidence of environmentally conscious thinking and high-tech applications of energy design must be combined. In addition to the development of the prototype, the project puts particular emphasis on green environmental integration and social integration. The Team has worked on a variety of solutions and technological innovations for this unique blend that allows different versions of the Hungarian Nest + to deliver a realistic solution for a sustainable, energy-conscious living, without ecological footprint.

key features

  • The Venturi plate: it helps passive ventilation in summer, while in winter it makes internal sun exposure possible from the roof by the integrated mirrors.
  • Mobile living spaces: with free combination of the elements of the prototype, it can react on the differences in size and on the structure deficiencies of families in case of any kind of installation.
  • “Smart” furniture: incorporating "smart" furniture made of recycled materials, so that the building can provide new features for changing needs and different family structures.
  • Guide robot: an autonomous robot is placed in the house with capabilites for various tasks.
  • The motto of the project is "Nature is not a place to visit, it is our home".
    The explanation of this thesis lies not only in the application of using of natural materials and the utilization of green energies, but also special emphasis is placed on embedding the building in a natural setting. Augmented Garden Reality of Inner Living Space, with the green roof planted roof and with the  living vegetation in the courtyard atrium provides the oxygen-rich space essential for a healthy life.

applied innovative technologies

  • Speech-based emotion detection.
  • Some of the furniture has been designed as part of the RETEXTIL movement, which means the products are made by cutting and knotting used clothes.
  • The live flora placed in the «Venturi Atrium» and the patio/day space are the self-sustaining oxygen base of the house.
  • Mixing active and passive energy/mechanical systems for a sustainable energy balance.
  • Natural light flux control: the flow of natural light into the building is influenced by the rethinking of traditional passive devices compared to the seasons.
For more information about the prototype and the Team, please visit the project website: